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History boys Mexico out to stun USA in last 16 of Basketball World Cup

Marco Ramos is hopeful a history-making Mexico side can shock the United States in the FIBA Basketball World Cup last 16 on Saturday.

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Forward Ramos and his team-mates have already established themselves among the greats of Mexican basketball by qualifying for the finals phase of a World Cup for the first time in their history with an 87-71 victory over South Korea on Thursday.

Now they face their most daunting challenge of the tournament so far against a star-studded USA team that has won the competition four times.

But Ramos is not overawed by the prospect of that clash and believes Mexico can do the seemingly impossible.

"We're all very happy to go into the next round, we're going to face a very tough team," Ramos said.

"Everybody's counting us out but we're a bunch of warriors, we're ready to face Team USA."

Meanwhile, undefeated host nation Spain face another side that have enjoyed a fairytale run to the knock-out rounds.

Before the tournament Senegal had not won a World Cup game since 1998, but claimed three victories in the group stages to set up a meeting with the 2006 champions.

The African nation lost a little momentum in their last pool game, though, having suffered an 81-79 overtime defeat to the Philippines, who ensured their first World Cup win in 40 years in the final round of group fixtures.

Senegal will need to produce a much better performance in order to overcome a Spain side that racked up 440 points in the group stages and, according to coach Juan Orenga, is ready for the tension of the elimination rounds.

"My players are prepared," Orenga said. "With Senegal begins the do-or-die."

Elsewhere on Saturday, France take on Croatia and the Dominican Republic do battle with Slovenia, while on Sunday New Zealand face Lithuania, Serbia tackle Greece, Turkey meet Australia, and Brazil tussle with Argentina.

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